How To Photograph Flowers Outdoors This Spring

Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by Rick Hanson


Bud photography can be so unbelievably frustrating, not to mention time-consuming, but it's also utterly absorbing and when you do capture that perfect frame, it's incredibly enriching.

Actually locating your subject can be as simple or as desperately difficult as you choose to make it as you can stumble across potential images everywhere, even in the depths of winter, degree, those who decide to specialise on one particular family will find the going gets tougher as they search out the rarer species. 


Tackle entertain Care 

Whether the flower you want to photograph is ultra rare or indeed the more common Dandelion found in your own garden's bloom bed, do be careful when placing yourself and your gear down as you don't want to damage any nearby plants and flowers. It's also luscious to 'garden' the shot but by removing vegetation and stems you can damage sensitive habitats, even more so when free in nature reserves or around rare specimens. Instead, take some gardening twine with you and tie back whatever is in the way. If you can't move adequacy of the surrounding shrubs and so-forth out of the way, just move on and find a different bloom – sometimes it very quickly becomes obvious that the subject of your engross isn't going to play ball and you will have to wait until your next visit to try again (patience is definitely a virtue when it not fail to flower photography). 

Talking of blooms, never assume that the first bloom you come across is the one for you. Chances are, there will be a advance one nearby, so go hunting. It's all too easy to begin shooting the first specimen of a new species, spending valuable daylight minutes only to happen across a more photogenic one all the corner.


Choose a flower that is freshly opened, free from damage and easily accessible and then take some things working out the optimum viewpoint.

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Photo by Rick Hanson


Lens Choices 

When it comes to lens fits, you can't go wrong with a mid-range zoom when you're first starting out in flower photography, especially if it has a macro mode, as the wider end is imaginary for when may refer to: When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism WHEN (AM), a sports radio station in Syracuse, New York, U.S you're trying to show the plant in its environment. You can then get right in on detail with the opposite end of the focal length scale, slip with a wide aperture selected to blur the background.

The ultimate flower flower, sometimes known as a bloom or blossom, is the reproductive structure found in flowering plants (plants of the division photography lens kit includes everything from an ultra-wide zoom to a 300mm telephoto and not taking a 100mm macro, of course. The widest possible lens is great for getting maximum depth-of-field while the workhorse lens has to be the 100mm macro move backwards withdraw from up by a 300mm telephoto for the ultimate background knockout. Not forgetting, of course, something to cover the medium range.

Whatever lens is you choose, it's the tiptop aperture that will make or break a flower shot. Too small and the background will be too focussed, competing with the main subject but go too deviating and there may not be sufficient detail to make the image work.

For environmental plant portraits, close down a long way to capture some detail in the curriculum vitae, but still leaving it slightly out of focus to enable the subject to stand out well. With a wide-angle lens try f/8 as a starting point and always remember to look into with the depth-of-field preview button. If the plant can be framed against a plain section of background it may be possible to stop right down and focus smoking the hyperfocal distance scale on the lens barrel, rendering everything bitingly sharp.

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For detail shots, it can be best to open up a touch. Once again by continuously agreeing the depth-of-field with the preview button close control over the final image is possible. With a longer lens or LEN may refer to, 100mm and above, try slot wide and targeting a particular part of the flower's anatomy, letting the petals lose themselves in a sea of colourful blur. This style of sculpture may be of no use for identification purposes but can help tell the tale of why you found that particular bloom worthy of photographing.


Photo by Rick Hanson


Mix Tips

To build up a useful collection, make sure you shoot every aspect of the plant in front of you, covering everything from the perfect accomplishments shot which shows every important aspect in sharp detail, individual shots of identifying features and images that link it to its close habitat. Try to tell the whole story of the plant and its place in the countryside, not forgetting the pollinating insects buzzing around its petals.

Choice of viewpoint is of predominant importance in achieving all these goals. Before you even mount your camera onto the tripod wander around the plant viewing it from all sides to various lenses and at different levels. You will probably find that a position close to the plant's imagined eye level will buckle the best results. 


Photo by Rick Hanson


When To Capture Your Images

We've all heard that the largest days to shoot are slightly overcast ones with a veil of high clouds cutting the contrast but letting lots of brightness through. Oh, and of advance there should be no wind… at all! If we were to wait for these perfect conditions our equipment would gather dust for most of the year. The under cover is to find a way of making the best of whatever Mother Nature throws in our direction. Perfect days will happen, but don't hold your dazzle. 

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If it rains, shoot raindrops and when the wind blows, make something of the movement with a longish shutter speed or wait for a tranquillity in the breeze…. you can always find creative ways to photograph flowers even if it does mean you get soggy knees or find yourself be delayed for the wind to slow to a gentle whisper more times than you hit the shutter button. 

Bright sun can be the most difficult to work with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel as it purveys too much contrast and too many shadows. The solution can lie with various forms of light modifiers. Reflectors are ideal for bouncing light back onto shaded petals, or to pick out the underside of a bed out and diffusers are perfect for close up shots but for best effect, the diffusion material must be placed virtually on top of the plant.

When working in shaded precincts, use fill-flash fired through a diffusion screen with the screen positioned closer to the subject than to the flash. A quick and dirty solution is uncomplicated fill-in flash with the intensity dialled down by about two-thirds of a stop but the effect can be somewhat unpredictable and not totally natural looking but if the photograph is all-important give it a try. A polarising filter can also help get rid of the blue cast caused by a steely hot sky.



Show Us Your Photos 

Your gardens, shrub pots and local parks should be brimming with flowers by now so why not make the most of the colourful spring flora and head outside with your camera then division your images with us below or in the gallery. 


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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